On July 17, the Weekly Iron Folic Acid Supplementation Programme was launched with great fanfare – full-page newspaper ads and the works that any government scheme has. However, soon afterwards children taking the supplements started falling ill. While there might be no conspiracy here and it could simply be a case of a few stray tainted tablets or high dosages – there’s one organisation that believes that the programme has serious limitations in the scientific context. The Fluorosis Research and Rural Development Foundation, an NGO dedicated to eradicating fluorosis – a disease caused by consumption of fluoride  believes that scientific rationale is absent in this current government programme.dr ak susheela